The English Oak Tree (Quercus robur)

The English oak (Latin name: Quercus robur), also known as common oak, pedunculate oak, European oak or English oak, is a species of flowering plant in the beech and oak family, Fagaceae. The patriarch of the woods, the old English oak, also called common oak, holds a...

Hedge Cutting Safety Tips

Follow these handy tips to get the best from your hedge trimmer. Hedge trimming tips Keep it sharp. Sounds obvious, but keep trimmer blades sharp. If cut branch tips appear ragged or light in colour, or if blades snag on the hedge, the blades are probably blunt and...
Hedge Law

Hedge Law

Hedges are subject to rules and regulations just like anything else. Care must be taken when trimming or cutting a hedge because they are home to wild birds and animals. One must also respect the hedge as a boundary between properties as more than one party will be...
Tree Removal

Tree Removal

On the 27th March Hedge-Hogs Landscaping were tasked with tree removal. We took down a big evergreen Leylandii tree. It had grown too large for it’s space where it was creating too much shade in a residential area. The tight space we had to work in was behind...

Getting Ready for Spring

Has your garden been left unattended over winter and now requires some attention or maybe you are getting ready for spring? Now is the time to clear any unwanted items, plants, shrubs, trees or badly maintained hedges. Or maybe you just want a garden tidy up for...
Hedge Trimming

Hedge Trimming

Established hedges require trimming to keep them dense and compact. Formal hedges require more frequent trimming than informal hedges. When Hedges need pruning New hedges require formative pruning for their first couple of years after planting. Formative pruning is...
Why Roses Fail

Why Roses Fail

A good quality rose bush planted correctly should grow and flourish for many years. Failure to survive will almost certainly be due to one of the following causes: Loose planting-Top Tip: Tug the stem gently in spring after planting. If the plant moves easily, tread...
Garden Privacy

Garden Privacy

This is an exceprt from “The Gardener’s Problem Solver” by Miranda Smith. City gardens especially can be true refuges from the world outside their boundaries. But you must plan for privacy. If you don’t have walls around the garden, you may...
Pruning Hedges

Pruning Hedges

It’s a good idea to begin pruning hedges from an early stage to establish a shape and prevent leggy, unhealthy growth. The amount you prune back will depend on the type of hedge. Start shaping the hedge as soon as practical – a formal hedge whether new or...
Gardeners Soil Problems

Gardeners Soil Problems

Soil and knowing how to fix soil problems is one of the most important elements of your garden. Without good soil, you could have a lovely exposure, just enough rainfall, a totally pest free environment, and still be unable to grow a thing. Soil is the plants...